Students typically begin showing gains in test scores three to five years after new technology is implemented, Teuber said, with the fastest and largest gains coming in assessments of writing.
"Our kids are writing so much now with the collaborative tools," she said.
The Shannon Frost Christian School adopted its current technology policy four years ago, which includes Chromebooks and iPads for elementary school students and a bring-your-own-device policy for middle and high school students, according to Riddle, who said he's been particularly impressed by the gains in engagement and creativity among the upper-school students.
"Walking into a class and seeing students filming videos with their iPads and then dropping that into Movie Maker and editing -- it is amazing," Riddle said.
Students are not the only ones benefiting from the technology, though, Link said. The latest tools and devices have facilitated more collaboration among teachers, she said, particularly when it comes to designing lesson plans.
"If you (as a teacher) do not plan together, you are never going to survive," Link said.
Pat Turney, a principal consultant at Synnex partner ACE Network Consulting in Tulsa, Okla., was pleased to hear that educators are at last emphasizing a push into new technology.
"Education has been stagnant for so long," Turney said.
PUBLISHED MAY 18, 2015